Order Tray | Contact Us | Home | SIG Lists

[aprssig] Ideal Radio Question

Bruce W. Martin, KQ4TV aprs at almostanywhere.com
Fri Oct 28 14:31:12 UTC 2005

On Oct 27, 2005, at 9:12 AM, Charles J. Miller wrote:

> While I know this is a loaded question, but is there a radio that  
> serves as an "ideal" digi station that would have a data-type  
> port?  I just would rather avoid futzing with volume control/ 
> speaker output, mic plug interfaces, etc.

The easiest to use off-the-shelf amateur equipment I have found are  
the FT-1500, FT-2600, and the DR-135T. Unfortunately only the DR-135T  
is still a production model. The nice thing about the FT-2600 and the  
DR-135T is that they have a DB9F on the back of the radio and they  
are wired the same. The FT-1500 has the DIN-6 connector that has  
become a standard. All three radios have been available on the used  
market for about $85-$125. lately their scarcity is causing prices to  
rise some. Whenever I can find one for $100 I snatch it up even if I  
don't have a current project for one. I like to have spares ready in  
case a site goes down or a new sight becomes available that I need to  
act on right away. Other wise recycled commercial gear works fine. I  
am currently using an old Regency and not as old Maxon radios as well  
as an FT-1500 for my digis at the moment. I plan to put either a  
FT-2600 or DR-136T at a new site next month.


Bruce W. Martin, KQ4TV
Trustee for NT4UX
Nashville Linux User Group - Amateur Radio- Special Interest Group

More information about the aprssig mailing list